FIRST LADY SUPERVISES TYPHOON RELIEF
Manila, Oct. 18, 1998 - Embarking on a new humanitarian task, First Lady Dr. Luisa "Loi" Ejercito Estrada dispatched by air to Cagayan on Saturday some 3,000 bags of relief goods for distribution to victims of super typhoon "Iliang" that recently battered northern Luzon provinces.
Mrs. Estrada, who was not able to join the airlift, designated Jonathan Baligod, chief of the Presidential Action Center (PACE), as her representative in the humanitarian relief mission.
"I have given instructions to prepare the relief goods and airlift them to Cagayan, one of the provinces badly hit by the typhoon, for distribution to the people," Dr. Loi said, in an interview at the Estrada residence in Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila.
Each relief bag contains rice, canned goods and other basic necessities. A Philippine Air Force (PAF) plane, which left Villamor Airbase at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, flew the relief goods to Cagayan.
Cagayan's capital town of Aparri and the municipality of Lasam have been chosen as the initial areas for the distribution of relief goods.
President Joseph "Erap" Ejercito Estrada, meanwhile, instructed Secretary Orlando Mercado of the Department of National Defense (DND) to supervise the government's relief and rehabilitation efforts in the typhoon-devastated provinces in the North.
The President had released P1 million each in calamity funds for Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, La Union, Isabela and Cagayan, which he declared in a state of calamity in the aftermath of typhoon "Iliang's" attack.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
© Copyright, 1998 by PHILIPPINE
HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE
All rights reserved
Back to the PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE HomePage